In praise of print

In “Across the digital divide,”  Seanan McGuire writes a passionate and intelligent piece about why we need books and libraries in the age of e-readers.

McGuire says:

…every time a discussion of ebooks turns, seemingly inevitably, to “Print is dead, traditional publishing is dead, all smart authors should be bailing to the brave new electronic frontier,” what I hear, however unintentionally, is “Poor people don’t deserve to read.”

McGuire puts a human face on a big problem for American education and the American economy. I haven’t run across McGuire’s fiction, (I rarely read fiction less than 25 years old; You can’t tell if a novel will last until it’s 25.) but having read her nonfiction, I’m going to look for her fiction.

100 university libraries for you

mary and mac design studio compiled a list of 100 university libraries around the world that anyone can access. The list contains brief annotations do help you decide what to look at first.

The list of digital libraries includes big names like Harvard and Yale. The list also includes and medical libraries and libraries from which you can read texts and complete books.

I suggest you bookmark or save the library links you want in some way other than just bookmarking the blog page. The blog hasn’t been updated since the list was published in 2009.